The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
10 */8 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 8 hours at 10 minutes past the hour.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specific time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
Crontab files are stored in the “/etc/cron*” directories on most Linux systems. Each user has their own crontab file, and there is also a system-wide crontab file that can be used to schedule system tasks.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 8 hours at 10 minutes past the hour“:
FUN FACT: When troubleshooting issues with cron jobs, it can be helpful to run them manually from the command line – this will allow you to see any error messages that might be generated..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 8 hours at 10 minutes past the hour for several reasons, including:
- Scheduling a task that needs to happen every 8 hours
- Sending out a reminder email every 8 hours
- Running a backup script every 8 hours
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 1 hour
- every 3 hours
- every 10 hours
- every 2 hours
- every hour between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm
- every hour between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm
- every 9 hours at 30 minutes past the hour
FUN FACT: If you need to temporarily disable a cron job, you can simply comment out the line in the crontab file that corresponds to that particular task..
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If you are looking for cron jobs that run at certain minutes, hours, days, weekdays, or months, or if you are looking for miscellaneous cron jobs, then check out our relevant sections, or visit our cron job cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.